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“Not Real Sushi Experience”
Review of Sushi Circle

Sushi Circle
Ranked #1,559 of 2,506 Restaurants in Frankfurt
Cuisines: Sushi
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Takeout
Neighborhood: Innenstadt
Tokyo
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Not Real Sushi Experience”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

Let me start off with the comment that I have been living in Japan for more than 15 years and that I'm always amazed at the fact that so many people think a bunch of fancy looking California rolls are sushi. Sushi mostly comes in form of a piece of rice with fish on top. Most of the rolls you see in so called sushi restaurants in the West are unthinkable in a Japanese sushi restaurant. Also, the majority of sushi places, just like Sushi Circle, are not run by Japanese (but by Chinese, Vietnamese, etc) and it shows in the menu, variety of fish, clientele, and service. As a general rule, if there are no Japanese customers, don't bother going in.

Having said that, my wife and I gave Sushi Circle a try based on some of the reviews here and on other sites. We just wanted to check it out once. The restaurant we visited in Frankfurt was the one close to the old Opera.

Upon entering, we realized that there were no Japanese customers in sight, bad omen. After sitting down, we ordered some Japanese green tea which turned out to be something else but not the green powdery green tea you get in Japanese sushi places. Besides, the green tea is always free and all you can drink in a real sushi place.

Next we looked at what was on offer on the sushi-belt. Most sushi dishes were some 'fantasy' California roll creations you wouldn't find in Japan. We stayed way clear of them.

We decided to sample some salmon sushi (not the roll type) and some 'saba' mackerel sushi. No other real sushi seemed to be on offer. In both cases, the sushi rice tasted dry and the texture wasn't comparable to Japanese sushi rice. The piece of mackerel on top was totally dried up and tasted like dried fish, horrible. The salmon tasted just OK, but was nothing spectacular. We then had some tuna rolls wrapped in seaweed which tasted bad as well. The tuna was bland and the seaweed was not fresh at all. The wasabi had a weird light green-brown color, a cream like texture, and wasn't 'spicy' at all. it was nothing like the high-grade wasabi you find in good sushi restaurants.

All staff in sight were non Japanese Asians and definitely not trained sushi experts. They were friendly though.

For what we got, the price was definitely too much. Again, this is not a real sushi nor a real Japanese style 'kaiten' (converter belt sushi) restaurant. There's barely any real sushi on the menu. I would describe it as the McDonald's of sushi suitable for customers who never had real sushi before.

We will definitely not try a Sushi Circle restaurant again.

  • Visited January 2013
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St Louis, MO
Level 6 Contributor
102 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Popular at lunch”
Reviewed December 13, 2012

Seletions are on a conveyer belt traveling arround the seating area though you can also order off the menue. Not a lot of variety on the circle but what was there was well presented and tied in wih the "daily lunch menue". Not quite sure how long some of the dishes had been traveling the conveyer belt as they were double stacked. Probably ok if you like a large quantiy of Sushi for a reasonable price and are not too fastidious about the preparation.

Visited November 2012
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Amman
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88 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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“Good sushi”
Reviewed February 11, 2012

Sitting was not comfortable around the sushi belt, but food was amazing and was fresh. A little bit over priced

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Ireland
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127 reviews
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“Not the Best, Not the Worst”
Reviewed December 19, 2011

The sushi is made right in front of you, and it is always fresh because the conveyor belt is always being emptied by the customers (the place is never less than half full, usually more). The fish might be a cheaper cut, but it has never been "off" in the many years I've been going here. Prices are very reasonable.

  • Visited November 2011
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Frankfurt
Level 3 Contributor
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“Good, quick sushi!”
Reviewed January 27, 2011

First of all, there are two Sushi Circles - Neue Mainzer Straße and Schillerstraße. And while they even have the same owner - I think, the one in Schillerstraße is better.

In principle, both offer the same selection of sushi but the ambiente, service and selection of sushi on the conveyor belt is always better in SChillstraße. Also the Sushi cook in front of you is more friendly and open.

The selection of sushi is standard plus a few "innovative" pieces including spicy variations of salmon and tuna, sweet inside outs with dark rice etc.

Great selection of quick take-away boxes.

Quality of fish is very good. They also advertise theere eco-friendliness in terms of how the fish is caught etc.

Overall, fair price for good quality, but always go to the one on Schillerstraße .-)

  • Visited January 2011
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